Photo of Leslie Ross
Welcome to the 31st Seattle Improvised Music Festival. February 4-6 2016 at the Chapel Performance Space, Three musicians from the Eastern USA join eleven local improvisors in the first weekend of February. Leslie Ross [bassoon], Carol Genetti [voice] and Matana Roberts [alto saxophone] are experienced—both in their knowledge/practice of creative music and in their Seattle performance world. Leslie and Matana grace the Chapel, Carol fills Gallery 1412. Years pass—thus the festival invites them to return to a different form.
The 31st festival is, in fact, a different form. With a couple of exceptions, the local improvisors will play multiple times during the weekend. The continued explorations throughout the weekend may expand the sonic worlds of the musicians and listeners. A duo will open every evening followed with two quartets. Fully improvised, of course.
Leslie Ross resides in Maine. Previously, she was a New York City musician/bassoon builder. Twenty five years ago she was a member of Trigger. A cello bassoon contrabass clarinet trio with Fredrick Lonberg-Holm and Paul Hoskin. Trio devoted to structured improvisation and compositional language. As Fred and Paul leave, Leslie develops a solo world that is beyond remarkable. Trigger returns as a system of computer processing for all parts of her bassoon. She truly looks forward to returning to her acousitc improvised roots.
(Visit leslieross.net. The other instruments section describes the above, plus you may investigate her bassoon building. Also see http://waywardmusic.blogspot.com/2013/05/leslie-ross.html )
Carol Genetti is a vocalist, composer and installation artist. She currently resides in Chicago. Her work is focused on the interplay between the voice as an expressive musical instrument and its extension into the sound-making realm. She has studied a variety of techniques including Western singing, Hindustani classical voice and Bulgarian folk music. Through these studies and her own explorations, she has developed a personal yet universal palette that is an abstraction of “extended” voice sounds — breaths, overtones, and disconnected textual bits, squeaks, growls, non-verbal tones — sounds that evoke unconscious emotions and human physicality. Genetti has toured throughout the US, Canada, France and Germany and has performed concerts as an improvisational vocalist with a number of like-minded artists. (Visit carolgenetti.com)
Matana Roberts is a sound experimentalist, alto saxophonist and clarinetist, composer and improvisor based in New York City. [She has previously been an active member of the AACM.] The Jazz Journalists Association selected Roberts as a finalist nominee for the 2008 “Up and Coming Musician of the Year” award.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Roberts was raised on the city’s South Side and studied classical clarinet during her youth. She formed a trio, Sticks and Stones, with bassist Josh Abrams and drummer Chad Taylor, with whom she regularly performed at the Velvet Lounge In 2002, Roberts moved to New York, initially busking in subways and publishing a zine Fat Ragged, about her experiences. Roberts is the composer of Coin Coin, a multichapter musical work-in-progress exploring themes of history, memory and ancestry. (Presented by Non Sequitur and Earshot October 28, 2010. Visit matanaroberts.com.)
And the local improvisors: ten Seattle folk with a Longview, WA percussionist.
Primarily known as a Southern California musician, Alan Cook has recently moved to the Pacific NW. Alan Cook brings a dynamic and multifaceted perspective to the creative exploration of the percussive arts. His 40 years of diverse musical experience includes performing with Nigerian master drummer Francis Awe’s Talking Drum Ensemble, competing to top honors with the Misty Isle Pipe Band, ensembles large and small covering music in a wide range of genres, as well as extended experience in solo accompaniment for modern dance and performance art. He has performed with renowned musicians such as Dave Holland, Albert Mangelsdorf, Bobby Bradford, Fred Katz, Lee Konitz, Don Thompson, Ralph Alessi, Vinny Golia, Kei Akagi, among many others.
Lesli Dalaba-trumpet treetopacupuncture.com
Wilson Shook-alto saxophone wilsonshooklmp.com
Tari Nelson-Zagar-violin tarinz.info/muiscbio.html
Dennis Rea-electric guitar dennisrea.com
Kate Olson-soprano saxophone https://about.me/kateplayssax
John Seman-bass monktail.com/bios/seman
The presenters: Paul Hoskin, Greg Campbell, Steve Peters and Non Sequitur.